* Posts by David Nash

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OnePlus minus 40,000 credit cards: Smartmobe store hacked to siphon payment info to crooks

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And that is why I always choose the PayPal option if offered.

They may not be perfect but it means giving your card details to one fewer organisation.

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Meanwhile...

The Earth is gaining mass.

I wonder how much that compensates for the Sun's losing mass?

Hang on a minute. The orbital distance is related to the orbital period, but not to the masses of the two objects, is it?

What have I missed?

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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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getting photos off an iPhone

Can you not just email them to yourself?

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Re: it’s for 18 months, maybe two years,

I interpreted it as how long people tend to keep their phones for.

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best investment?

" there's no better phone."

That may be true, but I'd still question whether it's worth £1000+

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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Boris Johnson

Boris gave up his US citizenship for this very reason:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/08/boris-johnson-renounces-us-citizenship-record-2016-uk-foreign-secretary

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Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks

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Compare the market should sue?

Why, because only they can use the word "Meerkats"? D. Attenborough better watch out!

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Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

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Northrop Grumman

Hope it performs better than their Zuma satellite!

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Obligatory Apple reference

" To match this sensitivity on a computer monitor would require a pixel density that "beggars belief" "

So much for so-called "Retina display" then!

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

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Re: Anyone seen a single line C program ?

Why would you even do that? Was he desperate for that client never to offer him a contract again?

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CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

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Re: Why can't...

Eben Upton posted a good explanation of how it all works on his blog while explaining that the RPi is not vulnerable:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/why-raspberry-pi-isnt-vulnerable-to-spectre-or-meltdown/

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted

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Re: What? Again? Really?

What are you talking about?

Clearly it's a bug because a password is requested and then ignored.

"Can the Author or any reader (who can read), name a single technological/digital item that is 100% unlockable when it’s unlocked?"

What does that even mean?

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Re: It's an OS not an Ecosystem

"However MS continue to think that people want an entire ecosystem of apps and other cr*p."

It's not that they think people want it, they are desperate to convince people that they want it, otherwise there's no reason to keep bringing out new versions of Windows.

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Re: "sending activity history to Microsoft's servers"

"Bear in mind that they also have a habit of later disabling those registry keys. It used to be possible to disable the automatic downloading of spam apps (e.g. Candy Crush) through the registry, now you have to figure out the IP address they're being downloaded from and block them (for as long as that lasts)."

Can anyone recommend a good repository of detailed information about stuff like this? I am still on W7 and Linux, but my son is on W10 and although he's aware of privacy issues etc. he isn't a techie. Unfortunately I haven't had the time or pressing need to keep current on this kind of W10 knowledge.

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Re: Funny how...

How much is too much Daily Mail? One page? One story?

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@AC

"You assumed that it was the gender spread that was the problem, "

To be fair, your original post did very much imply that, without saying so explicitly, especially as you gave no other reason for it being unpleasant.

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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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Re: I'm disappointed

Disproportionate share of luddites?

Not Luddites, merely those who are familiar with technology, know the limitations and therefore are not dazzled by the hype of the latest shiny objects. Whereas the target market are those who want apparent convenience, or are enthusiastic about tech for tech's sake (or fashion's) but take it all at face value and don't know what questions to ask.

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One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

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Re: Don't Panic, All is Not Lost

" extra delivery charges that unlike eBay aren't explicit at the time you add them to your basket."

They always say "fulfilled by Amazon" (which means Amazon delivery charges) or "Free Delivery" if they offer it. Otherwise just assume you pay. I usually won't choose suppliers who don't offer either of these.

"And at the checkout screen they don't give you a button or link to go back and amend your purchases to get a better deal (why would they!). Instead you need to type in the amazon.com URL and from there go to your basket to update it"

I thought you could click the Amazon home page logo at the top of the screen. Or at least just use "back" to a previous page.

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Almost always next day for me, although I agree there are a few occasions when they are inexplicably not. But Next Day now includes Sundays, which it never used to IIRC.

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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Re: Barcelona, Spain

"At the risk of starting a shitstorm of downvotes from Spanish fans of proto-fascism, I would point out that the government of Catalunya declared the country independent."

Is there a reason why you spelled every word in that sentence the English way (including "Spanish") except "Catalonia"?

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Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

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Re: My keyboard stupidity.

'fn' had to be pressed to use them as F1-F12.

That seems to be the latest trend. I guess the old Alt-F4 to close, F5 to refresh, F1 for help (only pressed by accident!) are not so much used these days and people are more likely to want to adjust the brightness, volume etc.

But I hate that trend, and wherever possible switch it back.

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Facebook: Who needs millennials? The cops love us more than ever!

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I thought facebook made you use your real name...so what "details" are they asking for? I assume they have your name.

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Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

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Re: Techdrone

Surely it's not the only modern country that is made up of others, or bits of others? Doesn't mean you should sneer at them.

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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"Ahh the good old days, when real engineers had beards, spent hours tweaking things by hand, companies paid real money for skill and hands on experience. Now they pay peanuts for monkeys with paper qualifications and no real experience ;)"

But the beards are back in fashion!

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New Jersey lawmakers propose ban on folks drunk droning

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Seems sensible

If existing legislation doesn't cover it, then it seems a good idea.

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Re: Is that enough?

"Thinking about it, drivers have to do similar mental transformations when reversing using only the mirror. Which some drivers are incredibly bad at and/or have to look over their shoulder rather than use the mirror."

While I agree with most of your post I must point out that I, at least, look over my shoulder when reversing because the field of view and general awareness is so much better.

I have no problem with translating and acting on the view through a mirror but it doesn't show you enough of the world around you. And as for the so-called "reversing camera", don't get me started (only useful for a tiny distorted view around the level of the bumper).

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Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Re: Farking FTP!

"Yuo are obviously not 'on message'. Cloud is where it is at. All the young hipsters (not all iPhone owning) think that the only storage is 'Cloud' based. Local Storage is so uncool and like.... so 1990's. Man didn't you know that went out with the ark (or the 8-bit CPU)."

It's true, you even see posts on here from (presumably) youngsters or millennials or something who ridicule you for wanting removable storage in a phone for the same reason.

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Re: YouTube, not an essential service

"The rest of it seems to be "Hold my beer while I catapult a squirrel into a lake", shaky videos from iPhone users that film everything in portrait because of the Selfie Reflex and some inexplicable bloke called PeedoPie."

There is so much on YT. I would pretty much guarantee that, whatever you use YouTube for, you will find someone else watching something that makes you say, "I didn't know you could get that on YouTube".

Sure, there's a lot of crap. There is also a lot of good stuff. Everyone's definition of crap and good is different.

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Re: How does it know?

It's a Google app, right? So the API must tell it what kind of device it's on, no?

Hardly surreptitious. They said they will redirect users to the web page, so in theory still possible (although I don't think I've ever used a web page on my Fire stick, not sure if you can).

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Mailsploit: It's 2017, and you can spoof the 'from' in email to fool filters

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Re: I dunno

It's analogous to writing your address on a (snail mail) envelope before you pop it in the letter box for the post office. That is trivial to spoof and impossible to enforce.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

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Re: Close but no cigar .....

Who needs a crappy SD Card when you have a 128GBs of built in storage

It's 2017 and people still make this kind of comment? I am old enough to remember 640K being enough for anyone.

You can *never* have enough storage, it seems.

Also, Bluetooth is an option but not always what you want, plus has its own battery charging demands so wired headphones should always be there.

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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

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Re: If BT can lower their prices........

I remember the days...

Those bad experiences may not be because it was nationalised. The technology was different, the environment was different.

IIRC when the government was running the East Coast Main Line railway franchise relatively recently it was better than any of the private operators who have done that. Yet people still moan about the bad old days of BR.

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Oracle rival chides UK councils for pricey database indulgence

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Re: Something doesn't add up..

55/60=91.666...%

Rounded up. Wouldn't you have quoted it as 92%?

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Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

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Headmaster

"There's someone I interact with at work who has a sub-GCSE level of writing and it takes me approximately twice as long to read thing's they've written because I mentally have to translate it 'into English'. "

I have to do the same when I read "thing's" instead of "things".

Apologies if that's the result of dyslexia (not sure if that condition affects apostrophes!) but I couldn't resist that. Your other apostrophes are fine!

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ML fails: Loyalty prediction? Not really. And bonus prediction? Oh dear

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"Your employer explains that you can get your bonus if you achieve 70 per cent Promoters, 20 per cent Neutrals and 10 per cent Detractors (70P,20N,10D)."

Maybe I don't understand statistics but how does that state that the chance of any one customer being a promoter is 70%? It merely states what you will get as a result of customers being a Promoter or not.

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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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Privacy vs. Convenience

Some people smugly claim that they don't use Google, don't have a Smart phone, etc. etc. so they are not affected. Unfortunately it's not as simple as trading a little convenience for privacy. It's not just convenience, it's entertainment, information, research, my kids' homework, and increasingly the way of doing business these days.

I try to avoid it where possible, don't use FB, am wary of signing up for things online, but you can't avoid it all without going to full hermit mode. Opting out has more consequences than simply losing a little convenience.

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Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

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Imprisoned?

So it's not so much that the animals were imprisoned to punish them, as the article would like us to believe, more that they were confiscated because the owner let them roam and eat the plants in question.

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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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That reports website

...is not very easy to use. Well it is if you want to see a list of trackers, or a screen full of pretty app icons, but what I am sure we would like to see is a table of apps with the number of trackers found in each app.

If I missed it please enlighten me!

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10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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It would be very handy if Amazon provided a copy of the Kindle version when you bought a proper book, in a similar way to their "AutoRip" where they provide MP3 versions of CDs you buy.

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Re: Oracle tipped off the world ...

@I ain't Spartacus

Well 90% of the time that I "use maps" I have location turned off. That's because I normally use it to find a place, look at roads, or a route. You only need location turned on if you want it to show you where you are, or use it as sat nav. Since I normally know where I am and normally use my car's sat nav, I don't need Maps to do so.

So you don't need location turned on to "use Maps properly"...unless you have defined "properly" to mean "with location turned on".

I'm happy to accept that for some users, they need Maps to tell them where they are and hence would have to turn on location services.

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Re: Oracle tipped off the world ...

I ain't Spartacus: There should be no choice. Satnav data should always be availble in maps - location services only needs to be optionally available in order to stop apps (and Google) from slurping your data.

I agree. I was just responding to the suggestion that you need location services enabled to use Maps.

Unfortunately Google have not given us the option.

Actually I don't know whether it's possible for an app to get GPS location data without turning on Google Location Services. I get the impression it's one switch, all or nothing, but I haven't considered it before.

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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"And all of it total crap. I don't watch anything on the BBC"

You don't want to watch it therefore it's crap? All of radio 4, all of 6 Music, every episode of Eastenders (you might have a point there), every programme you don't watch?

Do you also think the government should stop funding roads to places you don't want to go, close schools when your kids (if you have any) have grown up, etc. etc?

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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Re: About time....

"have shared storage"

Genuine question...what's that got to do with a router?

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Re: Up to?

They could use "maximum" instead of "up to".

But that still doesn't tell you what you will get.

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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Unreliable and slower?

Does it make the media stored on it play slower? Of course not.

OK if a phone has sufficient built-in storage to compete, maybe you have a point. But so-called cloud storage is never a viable alternative. What was that you were saying about slower?

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London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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Re: I've never understood...

"how much income must one have to be classed as:....."

It's all relative, and very interesting to see the discussion. Generally people who earn plenty still don't think they are rich, because as long as multi-billionaires exist, there is always someone richer than you, so you never think of yourself as "rich".

Whereas a "comfortably-off" middle-class person would be thought of as rich by many at the low-or-non-existent income scale.

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Re: I've never understood...

I agree, small increase in Income Tax would be fairer, however Income Tax is the "headline tax" so would be seen as "increasing tax" even if it was entirely offset by reductions in fuel or other taxes.

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Re: Khan being an idiot on this one

"We don't like electric vehicles because we would get less tax under our current system"

I thought it said Self Driving cars (which happen to be Electric) not EVs generally.

Anyway it doesn't say "we don't like them", it says "if we have them, we need to change taxation to compensate".

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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"I wonder if all those in London moaning about TfL's decision to not award Uber a license are still moaning about it?"

They probably are, because with Uber they can use an app and it's cheaper than a taxi. What's not to like?

In fact they are probably saying "this happened last year and nothing bad happened, get over it"

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Re: Some points I'd like to make

2. Of course it was part of the joke. It's a story about Uber (no umlaut).

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